PMC3 Bail

PMC3 contains 90% fine silver powder; 10% water and organic binder.

It is the strongest and the latest generation of PMC.

Adding PMC to a piece of fused glass will produce some of the most stunning jewelry bails or an encasing you can create.

This silver clay can be molded and manipulated by using tools, pressed into a mold, or shaped by using your hands.

Use this metal clay to form unique fine silver bails without all the complicated and high-priced equipment.

Once dried, the piece needs to be fired in a kiln to transform it into a solid silver object.

All types of clay dry out over a period of time.

It can be reconstituted with water.

Just add water and wait a few hours, then stir and add more water if needed.

It is recommended to use this clay in about three months from date of purchase.

If unopened, the clay should be good for approximately one year.

Before combining the PMC3 with your fused glass, be sure to fuse and complete the glass cabochon inside a kiln.

Then use PMC to encase the glass to design gorgeous ready to wear jewelry.

There are several ways you can add the PMC to a fused glass pendant.

One way is to make a coil and wrap it around the entire fused piece.

Another way is to make a slab and then build the PMC around the glass.

The last way is to make a coil or slab and only attach it to part of the glass.

Slab Method

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  • Pre-fused glass
  • PMC3 clay
  • Playing cards
  • Exacto knife
  • Drinking straw
  • File or sand paper
  • Kiln
  • Prepared kiln shelf

  • Directions:

    1. Roll out a small slab of clay about 2-3 cards thick.

    Make sure the slab is large enough to place the pre-fused glass on it and still have room around all the sides.

    2. Place the pre-fused glass in the center of the clay on the bottom section of the slab.

    Outline the glass with a pencil or press it into the clay so that you can see the outline.

    Remove the glass and using the Exacto knife, cut out a section that is just a little smaller than the glass outline.

    3. Put the pre-fused glass back on the clay and over the whole.

    This hole behind the glass in the pendant will allow some light shine through.

    4. Make a bail by wrapping some of the clay around a drinking straw.

    Dampen the clay just a little to smooth out any lines.

    5. Use more clay to make shaped and designs to cover the edges of the glass.

    Cover the edges completely, or leave open spaces, but be sure that the glass is held securely.

    6. Make sure to press all the pieces so that they are secure against the glass.

    7. Dry the clay fully.

    8. Clean up any rough edges with a small file or sand paper. File any uneven or unwanted edges.

    9. Place finished piece inside kiln on prepared kiln shelf.

    10. Turn kiln on and fire the piece to approximately 1400 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Firing the piece to this temperature will allow the glass to fuse the metal and glass together.

    The firing temperatures for this clay range from 1110 degrees Fahrenheit to 1650 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Remember to wear safety glasses if looking into the kiln at the firing piece.

    Firing any light colored glass with PMC3 can cause some discoloration around the piece.

    This can be caused by a chemical reaction between the silver and the glass.

    Try using a product called Crystal Clear art glass.

    It is chemically altered to avoid this reaction.

    Cool these pieces slowly, since glass and metal have different rates of expansion and contractions.

    If either material contracts or expands more quickly than the other it can cause the piece to crack.

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